Sunday, April 14, 2019

Rules To Teach Your Son,....

I was blessed growing up that I was taught several of these "rules" to teach your son. Some hold more importance than others obviously but I think all are things worth teaching. Certainly this list could be added to, but it's a good start. I found this list on social media and thought I would pass it on,...

1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.
2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs.
3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king.
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
5. Request the late check-out.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
9. Play with passion or don’t play at all…
10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.
12. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.
13. Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.
14. You marry the girl, you marry her family.
15. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.
16. Experience the serenity of traveling alone.
17. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.
18. Never turn down a breath mint.
19. A sport coat is worth 1000 words.
20. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.
21. Thank a veteran. Then make it up to him.
22. Eat lunch with the new kid.
23. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.
24. Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win.
25. Manners maketh the man.
26. Give credit. Take the blame.
27. Stand up to Bullies. Protect those bullied.
28. Write down your dreams.
29. Take time to snuggle your pets, they love you so much and are always happy to see you.
30. Be confident and humble at the same time.
31. If ever in doubt, remember whose son you are and REFUSE to just be ordinary!
32. In all things lead by example not explanation

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Turning 60 Ain't For Sissies,..... Part Four of a Series of I Have No Clue,...

Part four of turning 60 Ain’t For Sissies,… I wasn’t sure there would be a part four,… but here it is. A couple of things I want to mention/ask,… So here goes. Are you finding yourself,… forgetting more? I’m trying to blame mine on stress, too many irons in the fire kinda thing. I was supposed to give a bid on a fence this past Saturday. I remembered it on Monday. Luckily for me they were understanding and I got to go today. I just had to be honest and told him I forgot. Embarrassing? You betcha. I don’t think I’ve ever done that. Time to start setting reminders on the phone.

I may have told this before (here goes that forgetting things again) that when I turned 30,… it was a bit on the depressing side. I didn’t like turning 30. I have no clue why. Maybe because I was leaving my 20’s,… but turning 30 just wasn’t a highlight of my life. Turning 40 was cool. Not a lot of wrinkles going on,… still had most of my hair (I think) and it was just a fun time. Turning 50, basically the same thing but while working outside without a hat one day I sunburned my head. Say what? Yep,… I had a bald spot that I didn’t know existed. I now wear a cap or hat while working outside. 50 also meant I was supposed to be wiser,… While that may or may not have happened. the 50’s have been good.

But,…. yes there is a but. The old body doesn’t work as well during this same time frame either. Sometimes I need a ladder to do baseboards. Yep,… to pull myself up out of the floor hahaha. Hey, it works. So does grunting. I have found that if I make a grunting sound while getting up, it helps. Seriously.

Here's to the 60’s. Most of my classmates have either turned or will turn 60 this year. A few of us get together every three months since our 40th class reunion and it has been great to reconnect with them.

A little something I found on the world wide web,…

Turning 60 means:
Your favorite classic rock is now elevator music.

You wonder why the TV remote isn’t working, then realize it’s a cordless phone.
At the gym, you mostly do squats because of how they help you in the bathroom.

When classic movies come on, your comments are: “She’s dead. He’s dead. They’re all dead.”

Your childhood toys sell for a fortune on eBay.

The quantity of gold in your mouth would make a decent retirement plan.

Not wearing a bra tugs the wrinkles right out of your face.

Your parties never even wake up the dog, let alone the neighbors.
Sucking in your gut can blow the hair right off the top of your head.

When you relax on a park bench, boy scouts offer to help you cross your legs.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Help Wanted,… Florence City Council,…

Help wanted and much needed for the city of Florence AL. All council seats need to be freshened up,… meaning ALL current council members need to be ousted, forced out, VOTED out.
Lets take a look at what the current council has done for the citizens of Florence.  While having 2 million dollars set aside for improvements to Veterans Park,… the council gave away the money,…. Gave it away. This was not RSA money, it was tax money. OUR tax money that was squandered. Now this same council applauds themselves for having $100,000 to spend on upgrades for the SAME Veterans Park. All because they could not come up with a plan for use for the money. Does it look as if they KNOW what they’re doing? To me it doesn't.

Oh and lets not forget the added 1% sales tax recently passed. First let me say that I am glad police and first responders will get a raise. That isn't an issue,… the issue is that the FLORENCE CITY COUNCIL could have and should have given these departments a raise sooner,… and without a 1% sales tax increase. It could have been done. We lost valuable personnel to other cities because they were underpaid. Does it look as if OUR city council knows what they are doing? To me it does not.

Jobs,… oh we are running a muck with food server jobs,… Florence celebrates each new eating establishment. Where are the good paying jobs?,… jobs to keep our young people here. I really can’t blame this council on that problem,… we’ve been drifting towards a retirement community for years. But we need jobs badly in the Shoals to keep those of us who do work, wait for it,… in the Shoals.  On a side note,.. hospice and home health care is thriving. Why? Old people,…retirees,…

The elections are coming next year. It isn’t too early to think what you can do for Florence. If you have thought about being on the city council, there is not a better time to do so. Florence needs you. Your city is calling,… answer that call.  Email me at  and let me know you’re thinking about it.

Vote these people out!!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Turning 60 Ain't For Sissies,..... Part Three of a Series of I Have No Clue,...

Well,... it is a rainy Friday. A good week was had but now I cannot hold my eyes open,... It is almost 6 pm. Way too early for bed and too late for a nap,... ah the joys of getting,... older.

Lets do some turning 60 birthday quotes,...

Now that I’m 60, every morning I look in the mirror and say, “I don’t know who you are, stranger, but I’m gonna shave you anyway.”
- Milton Friedman, presidential speech writer

You have to stay in shape. My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the heck she is.
- Ellen DeGeneres

You know you’re turning 60 when your husband wants a DNA sample to make sure you’re the same woman he married.
- Anonymous

When you’re 60, nothing works like it used to, especially not my husband.
- Melanie White

One good thing about being 60 is you argue less. It’s not so much that you’re nicer, you just can’t hear each other.
- Anonymous

When you hit 60,.... 

You start boring complete strangers with your medical problems.

It's like going to a haunted house. Lots of creepy noises and smells you can’t explain.

You might start feeling like you’re “old.” But let’s face it, you were old last year.

A nap chance sounds better than a lap dance.

You save all your important reading for the bathroom.
It takes four people to light the candles on your cake before the first ones have gone out.

It’s not the cop, it’s the doctor who’s telling you to slow down.

You shut off the lights for the cost benefits instead of the sex benefits.

For breakfast, you actually eat cereal instead of last night’s chicken wings and leftover pizza.

Your cereal is chosen for the fiber content instead of the toy content. 

You say things like, “little shaver,” “teenybopper,” “whippersnapper,” “wet behind the ears,” and “snot nosed punk.”

Amusement park tickets cost more for your grandkids than you.

Other people say you look great, then add, “for your age.”

Your recliner has more controls than your motor vehicle.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Coats Clothing Company,...

After some weight gain, among other things,... I needed a suit. My old ones just didn't fit coat wise, pant wise, so I had to do something quick. I really can't blame it on the dryer shrinking them either,...

I had been to Coats Clothing on Court St before for a shirt. I gave them a good rating then because of the service and having what I needed at a good price. So I went back yesterday. I had procrastinated long enough and kind of figured any alterations couldn't be done in time. I was wrong. John took my measurements, made me feel like a valued customer and provided me with a very nice suit, tie and socks. I'm a sock guy anyway,... love my argyles. And I will pick up my pants that were altered this morning. I can't say enough good things about Coats Clothing Company. But here is what a few others have said,...

Men... this is the “go to” for all of your formal dress and casual/professional dress! John and staff are nothing less than professional and accommodating! Stop by and see them!

These guys go over and above to satisfy you needs and if you’re hard to fit they’ll find your size and make it fix to perfection. I love shopping with them very nice people.

Absolutely phenomenal!! John is fantastic, knows his stuff better than anyone I’ve met, and just a great guy. I will definitely be giving them more business in the future!

Another great, locally owned family business that is the best at what they do. Great customer service and the best quality menswear at prices you will not find anywhere else. Check them out next time!!

Hey, don't take my word for it,... Go to their facebook page Coats Clothing Company,... See for yourself. Be sure to "like" their page for deals and specials they have from time to time. And many thanks for helping me out,........

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Chris Schweighardt,….

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Mom, Momma Chris, Christine, Teeny, Miss Chris and just plain Chris,…. Known by a few names but all refer to the special person she was.

Death is a part of life. For those that are Christians, it is not the final journey. One can get a certain amount of peace and comfort knowing that their loved one has gone to Heaven. It is a very small amount of peace and comfort for me personally but do you wish they could come back? Maybe briefly to say your goodbyes. But I wouldn’t wish them back for my selfish reasons.

With that said,… I lost a friend, a teacher and yes an ex-wife. Chris Schweighardt left this life Tuesday February 26. She had dealt with health problems the last year and a half. More problems had recently arisen and they were just too much. She fought hard like she did everything else in life. She gave it her all. It was just too much. Sometimes death can be a blessing, even though we don’t think it is. This is one of those times.

Chris taught me how to paint. There was a time when she wouldn’t let me use a brush. Some things I learned on my own but the basics of what, why and how to do it, I give her all the credit. After we got a divorce, I went to work for another painting outfit. Chris hired some people that she just couldn’t trust to leave on the job. We kept in touch and compared jobs and continued to ask each other questions about work and the right processes for whatever a job might need. When she told me about what some of her workers were doing or not doing, I told her I could come back and work for her with no problems. She agreed and so my ex-wife became my boss. I used to joke about us being divorced and she was still telling me what to do. She was easy to work for and by her letting me come back to work for her spoke volumes of the type of person she was. I always told her she was too good for her own good,… people took advantage of her but like water on a ducks back,… she just let those times roll off and never complained.

She loved all things living. To her everything was God’s creatures. Spiders, wasps, any kind of insect,.. she wouldn’t kill them. She would get them outside and let them go. She loved her animals. When we went on jobs she always took dog treats with her. The customers dogs loved her and any dog in the neighborhood we worked in did too. They learned that truck and would always make their way over to it for a treat.

Speaking of jobs,… She enjoyed what she did and instilled that into myself and others that worked with and for her. She was an artist in many ways and had a knack for seeing the finished product. Her customers often became friends and sometimes they would just talk and keep in contact even when not working for them. She took great pride in providing quality work at a fair price. She succeeded.

Chris was so proud of the daughter she loved so much. She would  always tell me the things that Sherry was doing or had done in her career. Most of them I knew anyway but she had this sense of pride you could see when she talked about Sherry.  When we married we both knew that we had kids. She loved mine as her own and I love hers as mine. That’s just the way it was,…. and my kids loved Momma Chris.

The world lost a special person. If everyone was like Chris the world would be a better place. I will miss you.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Greasy Hands Barbershop,...

Guys,... my first experience here was amazing. This is old school hair cuttin' at it's finest. From the cut to the lather and shave on my neck, it was a great experience. Actually old school meets new school with Greasy Hands because of the way you can book and pay. You make your appointments online HERE and then just get ready for the best cut in town.

Located at 308 East Tennessee St in Florence the place just has this atmosphere that I haven't experienced in a barber shop ever. From the motorcycles to the decor and music, I just can't say enough good things about the place. They also have shops in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville. Just a very very cool place to go for a cut and shave. And you can grab a cup of coffee at Turbo Coffee next door too.